The Department of Defense has awarded Raytheon (NYSE: RTN ) a $97.8 million defense contract, the Pentagon announced Monday. The award, which will stretch over five years, is for the indefinite-delivery of an indefinite-quantity of design work on the U.S. Army's new Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool, or EWPMT, and will include building, integrating, testing, and delivery of the product.
Aiming to assist commanders in planning, coordinating, and synchronizing electronic warfare on the battlefield, EWPMT is designed to prevent offensive, defensive, and friendly (intra-force) electronics signals from interfering with each other. Electronic Warfare specialists will use the software tools to plan missions, identify threats, and decide which forms of electronic warfare will be most effective in a given environment.
The Army is expecting to have the first set of software tools ready for evaluation by Q3 2015, and to introduce the tools for wider use by the end of 2019. Raytheon's work on the project is expected to be complete by Dec. 1, 2018.